Performing Arts

Within the Performing Arts program you can pursue a B.A. degree in Dance with concentrations in Dance Performance, Dance Studio Operations, Dance Pre-Movement Sciences, and Dance Pre-Physical Therapy Dance; in Music with concentrations in Instrumental or Vocal Music Studies and K-12 Music Education; and in Theatre with concentrations in Acting, Creative Project Development, and Producing and Management for Stage and Screen.

Minors in Dance Studies, Theatre Studies, and Music Studies are also available.

Program Concentrations


  1. Global Awareness
    The arts are fundamental to our humanity. They ennoble and inspire us; they foster creativity, a positive attitude, and an appreciation for beauty. The performing arts express cultural values, build bridges between communities, and bring us together regardless of ethnicity, religion, race, gender, or age.
  2. Creativity & Innovation
    The arts promote creativity and innovation. U.S. News and World Reports indicates that creativity is among the top skills sought by business leaders, with 72% stating that creativity is of high importance when hiring.
  3. Critical Thinking
    Studying the arts improves academic performance. Students who participate in the arts have higher GPAs and lower drop-out rates, regardless of socio-economic status.
  4. Teamwork & Collaboration
    The arts have social impact. University of Pennsylvania researchers have demonstrated that a high concentration of the arts in a city leads to higher civic engagement, more social cohesion, and lower poverty rates. A vibrant arts community ensures that young people are not left to be raised solely in a pop culture environment.
  5. Adapting to Change
    The arts improve personal health. Their healing benefits to patients promote shorter hospital stays, better pain management, and improved mental health.